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Felony Criminal Defense in Arizona

Arizona Criminal Defense and Felony Crimes

With years of experience, as a former Deputy County Attorney/Prosecutor and as a Criminal Defense Attorney, Shawn Hamp has handled thousands of criminal cases. The Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp defends persons accused of felony crimes in Kingman, Mohave County, and throughout Arizona.

Felony Crimes

Punishment Range for Arizona Felony Crimes

In Arizona, felonies are serious crimes that are punishable by more than one year in prison. Under Arizona law, felonies are categorized into six classes: Class 1 felonies through Class 6 felonies. Class 1 felonies are the most serious Arizona felony and include homicide offenses.  Class 6 Felonies are the least serious felonies and are only punishable with a maximum of two years in prison and under certain circumstances may be charged as a misdemeanor offense.

In addition to the different classes of felonies, there are enhancement categories that may substantially increase the amount of prison time that can be imposed for a Felony Offense.  These categories include “Dangerous Offenses”, “Dangerous Crimes Against Children”, and “Repetitive Offenders”.  Some crimes like possession of methamphetamine for sale also have exclusively enhanced sentencing.

Possible Penalties for Felonies in Arizona

  • Class 1 felonies are punishable with death or life in prison.
  • Class 2 felonies are punishable up to 12.5 years in prison.
  • Class 3 felonies are punishable up to 8.75 years in prison.
  • Class 4 felonies are punishable up to 3.75 years in prison.
  • Class 5 felonies are punishable up to 2.5 years in prison.
  • Class 6 felonies are punishable up to 2 years in prison.

See Arizona Revised Statutes 13-702.

An “attempted” crime will reduce the class of felony for a criminal offense by one classification.

An Arizona court can also impose a fine on a person as part of any sentence of up to $150,000 per any felony charge.

Class 1 Felony.

Class 1 felony crimes in Arizona include first degree and second-degree murder.

Class 2 Felony.

Class 2 felony crimes in Arizona include possession of dangerous drugs for sale, trafficking stolen property in the first degree, first-degree burglary (with a firearm), theft of property over $25,000 or more, sexual molestation of a child.

Class 3 Felony.

Class 3 felony crimes in Arizona include theft of means of transportation, theft of property over $4,000, burglary in the second degree,

Class 4 Felony.

Class 4 felony crimes in Arizona include simple possession of dangerous drugs (methamphetamine), growing marijuana (not for medical use), theft of property over $3,000, possession of methamphetamine.

Class 5 Felony.

Class 5 felony crimes in Arizona include theft of property over $2,000, personal possession of marijuana over two pounds, possession of marijuana for sale less than two pounds, unlawful use of means of transportation (driver).

Class 6 Felony.

Class 6 felonies include personal possession of marijuana (not medical), unlawful use of means of transportation (passenger), possession of drug paraphernalia, theft of property over $1,000.00.

Statute of Limitations

A statute of limitations is a time period set by the legislature to limit how long the State and prosecutors may charge an individual with a crime.  These are time limits written in law as “statutes”. Most felonies in Arizona have a seven-year statute of limitations.  Crimes of homicide or violent sexual assault or misuse of public monies have no time limitations.  Any period in which a person is out of the State or on a bench warrant does not count towards the time limitations.  See Arizona Revised Statutes 13-107.

The Importance of Hiring an Attorney When Facing Felony Charges.

If convicted of a Felony it will be part of your permanent record.  There is no “expungement” or “sealing” of crimes in Arizona.  Being convicted of a Felony could result in a prison sentence, and decrease your chances of finding quality employment.  You can lose your civil rights to vote or possess a firearm.  Being convicted of multiple felonies or having a prior felony conviction could result in enhanced and greater prison sentences.

Hiring an experienced trial lawyer can help determine whether there are any defenses or reasons for dismissal of any felony charges.  A criminal lawyer can help negotiate any possible plea agreements or represent you at a jury trial in Superior Court.  An experienced criminal defense attorney will know the local court system and can assess possible outcomes in Court or with local prosecuting agencies and can advise you on the best courses of action.

Attorney Shawn Hamp

I have won trials or had dismissals for a variety of crimes, including but not limited to Aggravated Assault, Attempted 1st Degree Murder, Possession of Dangerous Drugs for Sale, Child Molestation/Sexual Conduct with a Child, DUI's, and Domestic Violence. Any ethical attorney will not guarantee what will happen in any given case, but my firm promises to do the very best possible job it can for every client and every case.

Contact an Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney and Former Deputy Mohave County Attorney

For more information about Arizona criminal law, Arizona criminal courts, the criminal process, or to discuss your felony criminal charges with an experienced criminal defense attorney, please call us at 928-753-6868, email us or fill out the case evaluation form on our Contact Us Page. Let the Law Offices of Shawn B. Hamp and our attorneys help you!

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